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Vidal, Gore: Washington, D.C.. A Novel. London: Heinemann, 1967. 8vo., pp. [iv], 315, [i]. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, endcaps a little creased but still very good indeed. Small inkstamp to rear free endpaper verso. Sixth in Vidal's Narratives of Empire series of historical novels (although the first one to be written and published).   Ref: 51668 
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Wakefield, Gilbert: Correspondence of the Late Gilbert Wakefield, B.A. with the Late Right Honourable Charles James Fox, in the years 1796-1801, Chiefly on Subjects of Classical Literature. London: printed for T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1813. First edition. 8vo., pp. [viii], 232. With half-title. Some light foxing. Slightly later half green straight-grain morocco, gilt and raised bands to spine, orange marbled paper-covered boards, marbled edges. Rubbed, joints and corners worn, but a good sound copy. Collected letters exchanged by the biblical scholar and religious controversialist Gilbert Wakefield (1756–1801) and the Whig politician Charles James Fox (1749–1806). 'Fox, while showing due deference to his correspondent's learning, is ready to join issue with him on questions of scholarship, and generally shows himself superior in taste and judgement to the classical scholar.' (Clarke, Greek Studies in England). Fox was known as an enthusiastic classicist, an interest he had developed as a schoolboy. He continued to read the classics 'in their original languages for the whole of his adult life. Friendships with classical scholars such as Samuel Parr in early life, and with Gilbert Wakefield after 1796, confirmed these predilections. It was one of Fox's proudest achievements that he established dates for the Greek poet Lycophron that have never since been challenged.' (ODNB) Between 1796 and 1797 Wakefield published at his own expense his huge three-volume edition of Lucretius, which he dedicated to Fox.   Ref: 51272 
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Waltari, Mika: (Walford, Naomi, trans.:) The Secret of the Kingdom. London: Putnam, 1961. First English edition. Dark brown-grey cloth, gilt title to spine. Endcaps a little rubbed, a few small smudges to ffep, top edge dusty, still a good, sound copy. Small ownership inscription of L.Howarth to front paste-down. First published in Finland in 1959 as Valtakunnan Salaisuus.   Ref: 51669 
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Walton, Izaak: The Lives of Dr. John Donne, Sir Henry Wotton, Mr. Richard Hooker, Mr. George Herbert, and Dr. Robert Sanderson: To Which are Added the Autographs of Those Eminent Men, Now First Collected; an Index, and Illustrative Notes. London: John Major, 1825. 8vo. (not the large paper edition), pp.xviii, 503, [i] + 11 plates as called for. Numerous engraved illustrations in the text, most with tissue guards in place. Sporadic light foxing mostly affecting plates. Contemporary tan polished calf, rebacked, gilt title to spine, gilt borders, marbled edges, endpapers replaced. Edges lightly rubbed, a few faint scratches but a very good, sound copy overall. Ownership inscription of L. Rogers to title-page. 'In the course of his long life (he was born, after all, before Shakespeare had really got into his stride) Walton produced a work—The Compleat Angler—which has commanded huge popularity: it has been reprinted almost as many times as A Pilgrim's Progress. Yet for biography, arguably, he performed a yet greater service. His unique combination of intimacy and edification formed a model highly influential on James Boswell and Samuel Johnson; and this makes him, perhaps, modern biography's father. Though he has been censured for his inaccuracy (and he was inaccurate) and for his bias (for which Dr Johnson's own judgement of him as a 'great panegyrist' is perhaps a fairer characterization), and though he was regarded by many as a naïve and thus, in a sense, accidentally effective writer, nevertheless his skill is at last receiving the recognition it deserves.' (ODNB)   Ref: 51520 
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Waugh, Evelyn; (Boyle, Stuart, illus.:) The Loved One. An Anglo-American Tragedy. London: Chapman and Hall, n.d. [1948]. First edition. 8vo., pp. [x], 144. Illustrations in the text. Internally clean and bright. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, top edge blue, marbled endpapers. Edges a little dusty, very good. First published in the February 1948 edition of Horizon.   Ref: 51489 
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Wickelgren, Florence L.: London Renewed, Poems. Ross-on-Wye: Writers Guild and Society of New Authors, n.d. (1959.) 8vo., pp. 87. Booklet in card boards, black-lettered with illus. of Tower Bridge to upper, some discolouration mainly to spine, binding sound. Author's ms. inscription to front free end paper, with her card compliments slip loosely inserted.   Ref: 48142 
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Williams, Alfred: Folk Songs of the Upper Thames, With an Essay on Folk-Song Activity in the Upper Thames Neighbourhood. London: Duckworth & Co., 1923. First edition. 8vo., pp.306. A little light foxing to first and last few pages. Pale green cloth, gilt title to spine and upper board. Spine slightly rubbed with some creasing to endcaps, edges lightly foxed, light patches of toning to endpapers but still very good. Small Foyles label to front paste-down. An autodidact, former railway worker and soldier Williams' work is primarily concerned with his home county of Wiltshire. He states his purpose in the introduction to Folk Songs of the Upper Thames: 'Let it at once be understood that my intention never was merely to gather folk-songs for the purpose of adding to the more or less undigested mass of materials in the collections already existing. That is not my business. What I wanted to do was, as nearly as I could, to complete the work I have undertaken in my prose volumes and to leave a permanent record of the language and activities of the district in which I find myself.' (p.9).   Ref: 49839 
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Wolcot, John: (Pindar, Peter, pseud.:) The Works of Peter Pindar, Esqr. In three volumes. [With:] Volume IV. London: Printed for John Walker, 1794; 1796. 4 vols., 8vo., pp. 444, [vi] + engraved title-page and engraved oval portrait frontispiece; 495, [vii] + engraved title-page; 431, [vii] + engraved title-page; [ii], 500, [viii] + engraved title-page. A bit foxed in places, extremities a touch rubbed. Contemporary marbled and polished tree calf, spines gilt in compartments, red and green morocco labels, boards bordered with a Greek key roll, marbled endpapers, extremities a touch rubbed. The original three volumes are here bound uniformly with the separately-issued fourth; a fifth volume, not present here, was issued in 1801. ESTC T134072, T134073.   Ref: 36990 
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Wraight, A.D.: The Story That The Sonnets Tell. London: Adam Hart, 1994. 8vo., pp. [x], 585, [i]. Portrait frontispiece plus further illustrations in the text. Black cloth, gilt title to spine, near fine. Author inscription to title-page. Annie Doris Walker-Wraight (1920-2002) was a teacher and writer most notable for her support of Marlovian theory, that is the idea that the main author of Shakespeare's works was actually Christopher Marlowe.   Ref: 51639 
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